Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Good Grief

Volkskrant crushes dissent in Holland
Dutch authorities have destroyed a piece of public art meant to memorialize slain filmmaker Theo van Gogh because it included the phrase "Thou shalt not kill." ... "In the year 2004, this commandment is considered too sensitive in our multicultural society," wrote the Volkskrant. Officials ordered the immediate removal of the artwork from the public space, Radio Netherlands reported. According to the newspaper, when a local television team showed up, the police ordered the crew to stop filming the painting and hand over the film. A reporter who tried to stop the destruction of the painting was jailed for three hours.
These are the kinds of things that I have in mind when I say that I oppose government sponsored multiculturalism. I don't care who you are or what you look like, that is not the issue. The issue is that the community needs some minimal standards of what civilized behavior is. People flee places where they don't feel safe. Holland, it seems, is becoming such a place, when you can't even critisize murder. Volkskrant. Gee, that sounds warm and fuzzy. I don't know what that is exactly, but 'Volk' is the folks, or better, the people. Who decides what constitutes 'the people?' If the Dutch don't smarten up anyone who cares about not being killed might seek greener pastures. It'll be a real nice place then.

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